Aug. 18

• At 6:30 p.m., the Vermont State Police received a report of a theft of an ATV from a residence on Westminster Road in Putney. The red Polaris 50cc four-wheeler has faded red paint and no stickers. The theft is believed to have occurred during the early morning on Aug. 15. If anyone has any information regarding the theft or the location the four wheeler, please contact the State Police at 802-722-4600.

Aug. 19

• At approximately 1:54 a.m., the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a report of an injured woman outside a residence on Frost Street. Subsequent investigation revealed that Lisa A. Cloutier, 25, and Cheri D. Strain, 37, both of Brattleboro forced their way into a residence and assaulted two female occupants. Strain and Cloutier were arrested and cited with burglary and simple assault. Cloutier was transported to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Emergency Room for non life-threatening injuries.

• At 8:30 a.m. The Vermont State Police investigated a case of a stolen truck from S.L. Moore Construction Corporation located on Route 121 in Westminster. The truck, a Ford F550 with a dumpster on the back, had been stolen from the business overnight. Troopers were notified of the theft after a person familiar with the truck reported seeing it being operated erratically on Route 5 in Bellows Falls. The caller followed the truck onto Forest Street in Westminster, at which point the truck was abandoned when the driver fled on foot. The driver of the truck was caught on Forest Street a short distance from where the truck had been abandoned and was detained until State Troopers Brian Turner and Mike Sorensen arrived on scene, taking the subject into custody.


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The driver was identified as Cody Ritchie, 25, of North Walpole, N.H. Ritchie was found to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor and processed for DUI. Ritchie was also charged with felony aggravated operation of a motor vehicle without owner's consent along with a misdemeanor charge of careless and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Ritchie was also ticketed for operating with a suspended license. While Ritchie had possession of the vehicle, it sustained a substantial amount of damage.

Aug. 20

• At approximately 11:30 p.m., the Vermont State Police assisted the Addison County Sheriff's Department with a motor vehicle stop. Further investigation revealed that Travis J. Despain, 25, of Windham, was operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Despain provided a preliminary breath test, which indicated his BAC was a 0.171 percent. Despain was taken into custody and transported to the New Haven State Police Barracks where he was processed for DUI.

Aug. 21

• At 1:40 a.m., the Keene, N.H., Police Department cited Tyler T. Harding, 24, of Putney, with an open container violation on Main Street.

• At approximately 2:47 a.m., members of the Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Tunnel Street, in Whitingham. It was later determined that Stephen M. Dix, 27, of Whitingham, was the operator of a Toyota Truck involved in the crash. Investigation revealed that Dix was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Dix was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and was later issued a citation for DUI. Deerfield Valley Rescue and Briggs towing assisted at the scene.

• The Vermont Sex Offender Registry published a notification that two sex offenders recently registered residences in Brattleboro — Luis Daniel Arreaga, 47, and Michael William Kavanaugh, 45. Arreaga is considered a high risk for re-offending. He was convicted in California for a number of crimes, including unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor in 1997 and lewd or lascivious acts with a child younger than 14 in 2002. Kavanaugh is considered "not high risk" of re-offending. He was convicted in 2007 in Vermont of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child younger than 13.

To register for email alerts from the sex offender registry, visit www.icrimewatch.net/register.php?AgencyID=55275.

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